Saint Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer
In Love with the Church
A Priest forever No. 37
An Autobiography from Fr. Fabian
Earlier in life, I worked as a psychologist with the Colombian government’s human resources department. When I was in college, I began to think about changing fields. My pastor asked if I had considered the priesthood, despite my apprehension. At that time I was involved in a prayer group in my hometown. During the week, I visited some groups at the end of the afternoon. The main activity was praying and meditating on the Holy Rosary. In fact, up to this day, the Holy Rosary is my required prayer for living close to The Blessed Mother in my vocation to priesthood. She represents a perfect disciple to follow and gives a perfect example of humility and obedience: the main characteristics of server servant in the Church that is called to be in Holy Orders.
I have been a Priest from Des Moines Diocese for two years. My first assignment is Sacred Heart Parish and my follow assignment is Associate Pastor of Corpus Christi Parish and Chaplain at St. Albert Catholic Schools, so I had been preparing spiritually, humanly and intellectually to serve with unconditional charity, sincere humility and devotion in the Des Moines Diocese as a Shepherd of Souls.
Currently, our Diocese’s Latino community has been growing suddenly and requires shepherds that not only speaks Spanish, also understanding the cultural background to teach and lead in harmony with the Anglo community that we are part of one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. To that end, I have been working to be a bilingual servant to our Diocese.
With profound gratitude in my heart for God’s Will to send me to serve in the Des Moines Diocese, I implore the intercession of The Blessed Mother of God to be help me offer persevering and faithfulness service with unconditional love and obedience to the Divine Will, as expressed through our local Church’s determinations.
Author: Fr. Fabian Moncada